Charles J. Givens (February 5, 1941 – July 12, 1998) was a bestselling author of two books, Wealth Without Risk and Financial Self Defense. Givens founded the Charles J. Givens Organizationthat grew to over 450,000 members. He frequently appeared on nationally syndicated daytime television shows to promote his “financial strategies” and hosted a weekly radio program with self named “Christian Financial Planner” James L. Paris. At his peak Givens extravagant lifestyle was profiled on the popular television program Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. His organization collapsed after a number of lawsuits, and regulatory investigations of investments sold by Paris, central Florida radio personality Jack Dicks, and former vacuum cleaner salesmanCharles C Smith Jr..